It Finds You

It Finds You

You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometimes you just might find

You get what you need

Growing up there always seemed to be two camps.  The Beatles camp and The Rolling Stones camp.  Most campers liked both but they thought one was superior to the other.

I was in The Beatles camp, but I had my favorite Rolling Stones tunes.

Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Gimmie Shelter and the song that has the chorus above, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, were some of my favorites.

At some point in my life I realized just how simple and yet profound the chorus to You Can’t Always Get What You Want was, and as I aged the more I experienced those words. Continue reading

Beatles Being Beatles

Beatles Being Beatles

I have written about the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and how he understood the concept of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

One of the examples I cited in that post was the Beatles.  Their individual talents were good but when they were combined they achieved something greater than any one of them could have ever achieved as a solo artist.

Today I thought I would once more write about the Beatles.

The Beatles were a huge influence on my music and my life.  They set me and just about every musician from my generation on the path of a musical journey. Continue reading

Elvis and The Beatles Today?

Elvis and The Beatles Today?

This might be a throw away post but I’ve had some gaps in my writing and was running into a bit of a block.  I was going through my idea notes, looking at those that I put off because I had something I was more interested in writing about.

The note I picked was: “What would Elvis or the Beatles be like if they happened today?”

I wasn’t around for the rise of Elvis and was too young to remember his heyday.  My recollections of Elvis are the declining Elvis of the late sixties and into the seventies.

The stars aligned for Elvis.  He had tons of talent but he had the luck of bringing a whole genre of music to an audience that was being denied access to the product due to bigotry.  He and Sam Phillips pushed the envelope just enough for the times and it paid off big.

Elvis’s decline started when he was picked up by a major label and started making his mainstream motion pictures.  He was toned down to fit white America.

Elvis was evolving during strict moral times.  The envelope to be pushed was right in front of him.

So where is that envelope today? Continue reading

Tribute Bands, No Thank You.

Tribute Bands, No Thank You.

There are many types of tribute bands. I guess it’s a way for the musicians to pay homage to their own music gods.  But first off they look nothing like the original band even when they dress in the bands signature outfits.  And secondly they don’t sound like the original.

The other night on AXS TV I actually watched a part of a concert that was solely a Foreigner tribute band.

A tribute band got its own show on a pretty sizable cable station.

I didn’t realize Foreigner was deserving of a tribute band but to each his own.

For the short amount of time that I watched they didn’t sound or look like Foreigner.  They sounded like they were trying to be Foreigner and to my ears not succeeding.

So what’s the point? Continue reading